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Monthly Archives: May 2009
Dr. George Tiller Was Guilty of “Nazi stuff”: Did Bill O’Reilly Cross a Line with His Dr. George Tiller Rhetoric, Implying That He Should Be Stopped By Any Means Necessary?
Would it have been murder to kill Auschwitz’s Dr. Josef Mengele? Salon today reminds us that Bill O’Reilly equated Dr. George Tiller with Nazi-levels of atrocity: Tiller’s name first appeared on the Factor on February 25, 2005. Since then, O’Reilly … Continue reading
The Kansas abortion clinic physician, Dr. George Tiller, was murdered today in a church. It’s hard to imagine a more animalistic and nihilistic gesture than to enter a church to murder someone, and it put me in mind of a … Continue reading
Bryan Appleyard on contemporary religion and this modern world: Andrew Brown reports on the rise of Calvinism in China. I don’t think that was in the secular-progressive game plan. It gives a timely endorsement to this book review by John … Continue reading
Perhaps something in between. At the New Statesman website, New Yorker staff writer, Keith Gessen, discusses the tensions and contradictions in George Orwell’s writings on literature and the arts. One of the examples that he offers is Orwell’s evaluation of … Continue reading
If religion (as Marx said) is the opiate of the people, then that means that, like Coca-Cola, it can be packaged and marketed to targeted audiences, doesn’t it? John Gray, in a review of a new book (God is Back by … Continue reading
NASA produced “universe extension timeline”: This is the universe we live in. And there might be others. See here and here.
Scott Horton v. Stu Taylor:
I caught a tremendous fish and held him beside the boat half out of water, with my hook fast in a corner of his mouth. He didn’t fight. He hadn’t fought at all. He hung a grunting weight, battered and … Continue reading
A bit of a flashback:
Are the Young Cons, well, conning us? Three things taught them conservative love: Jesus, Ronald Reagan, plus Atlas Shrugged. Eh. Okay. Well, at least it kinda rhymes:
The Passion of the Detention Students: Whispered Confessions, Tears, and the Gnostic Liberation of Minds, Bodies, and Souls in the 1980s
And how about those high sailing and earnest shoulders?
Biologist PZ Myers v. Calvinist Philosopher Alvin Plantinga: Is the Brain a Reliable Perceiver of Truth? And if Not, Can Scientific Procedures Function, As It Were, as Vitamin Supplements to Our Otherwise Pallid and Unreliable Monkey Brains?
Biologist PZ Myers today fisks Calvinist philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s essay (written last summer) in which Plantinga claims that evolutionary naturalism is not a coherent intellectual position because we can have no confidence that our brains have evolved to reliably discern truth from error, including the … Continue reading
Sarah Palin’s hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, which has been publishing in the Mat-Su Valley (where Wasilla is located) since 1947, ran an opinion piece this week by a local pastor with a very definite opinion about the Antichrist’s sexual orientation: … Continue reading
Salon today notes that at least one conservative finds it galling even to pronounce Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s last name correctly: On National Review’s Web site, Mark Krikorian posted a screed about Sotomayor’s insistence that people pronounce her name correctly. … Continue reading
ARCHETYPAL OVERLOAD! Samsara, Icarus, Nicodemus, The Cynic Diogenes, The Prodigal Son, Kafka’s Hunger Artist, Socrates, Odysseus, Freud’s Oedipal Totem and Taboo Idealized Daddy Memory, and Christian Conversion—All in a Kansas Song! (And Accompanied by a Greek Chorus!)
Really. Listen: Once I rose above the noise and confusion (just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion) I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high! Though my eyes could see, I still was a blind man. Though … Continue reading